The Seattle Seahawks are this close to beginning their 2023 season. The team looks talented overall, with some position groups that are concerning. The interior of the defensive line seems sketchy right now, for instance.
Seattle has also had a rough time with injuries in training camp and the preseason. Seemingly every player they drafted in 2023 has been dinged-up at one point or another. But some players are at least returning to practice.
The team doesn't have to release an official injury report until Wednesday. Based on what can be read between the lines of what head coach Pete Carroll is saying and what some beat reporters have been able to gather, we have a decent idea of the statues of many players. Here is where many players stand right now.
The good news of the Seahawks injured
Let's start with the positive stuff. First-round pick (20th overall) Jaxon Smith-Njigba might have some of that Jordyn Brooks blood in him. Brooks came back from major knee surgery in eight months which is ridiculous. Smith-Njigba broke a small bone in his wrist in preseason Week 2 and initially had a timeline of 3-4 weeks to return. But Smith-Njigba has been back at practice this week and appears to look good, even though he is wearing a brace. He's got a decent chance to play in Week 1.
Linebacker Devin Bush suffered a concussion against the Green Bay Packers in preseason Week 3 but he's been back at practice this week and that should mean he is clear to play in Week 1. He will be a backup to Bobby Wagner and Brooks at inside linebacker, but he's a good tackler and provides great depth. He can also help on special teams.
Rookie nose guard Cam Young has been back to practice this week. He had missed several weeks. He's got the size to compete in the league, but the NFL has grown-man strength so Young might not play much right away as he is still getting acclimated to the league.